Thoughts on the Metta World Peace Suspension
Somewhere around 2nd grade I remember standing in line outside of our classroom waiting to go to P.E. class. I had to yawn so I did so with my head leaned back and my eyes closed and of course covered my mouth. Incidentally my friend who was standing right next to me was stretching his arms behind his head. As I finished yawning I turned toward him, not realizing his elbow was right next to my face and accidentally bit it. The teach sent me to the principal’s office. Fortunately for me, the principal realized it was an accident and didn’t punish me.
Ron Artest, or Metta World Peace as he now goes by, was in a similar predicament Sunday afternoon. Albeit, an elbow to the head of James Harden is a bit more serious than a bite that didn’t even leave teeth marks. However, it was still an accident. Yes, he deserves to be punished for celebrating a little too over the top. Yes he should have been suspended. But seven games, in my opinion, is far too many, especially considering the timing. Had he intentionally elbowed Harden, 7 games would be too few. But after watching the replay in slow motion, I noticed MWP almost winces in pain after the elbow as if to say “What the heck did my funny bone just hit?” 2-3 games should have more than satisfied his wrong doing. The NBA just seems to really dislike the Lakers, after already nixing the CP3 trade. What are your thoughts?
Here’s Artest’s apology and reaction to the replay:
I just watched the replay again….. Oooo..My celebration of the dunk really was too much… Didn’t even see James ….. Omg… Looks bad— Metta WorldPeace (@MettaWorldPeace) April 23, 2012
Hope James Hardin is ok… I remember when I hit by Marc Gasol the same way.. I was spitting up blood and a headache during the game…— Metta WorldPeace (@MettaWorldPeace) April 22, 2012
Watch this video: http://sports.yahoo.com/video/player/nba/29057432#nba/29057432
And then check #9 on this article: http://www.imposemagazine.com/bytes/15-thoughts-on-metta-world-peaces-elbow
Pretty interesting reactions.